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Tanzania is a picturesque destination where travelers can explore the Serengeti, encountering incredible wildlife. For particularly ambitious hikers, Tanzania also provides the challenge of a lifetime: Mt. Kilimanjaro.
For visitors who aren’t quite up to the challenge of Kilimanjaro, there are many other natural landscapes to explore.
Tanzania’s landscape makes for impressive sunrises and sunsets. The food is also unforgettable, a mixture of Arabic, Indian and African influences.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Tanzania. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Tanzania: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Malaria, dengue and chikungunya are all present in Tanzania. Make sure to bring mosquito repellents, netting and antimalarials.
You may be required to present proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country where yellow fever is present.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
Cholera is a gastrointestinal infection that can be contracted through contaminated water or raw or undercooked fish. Tanzania has been identified as a region with an increased risk of cholera spread.
The best protection against cholera is through vaccination. Passport Health clinics offer Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine available in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today!
A valid passport and visa are required for entry to Tanzania. It is best to get a visa before arrival to avoid any problems at entry.
Volunteer activity is prohibited on a tourist visa.
For more information, see our Tanzania visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Tanzania’s climate is very diverse, with tropical and coastal areas as well as cool mountainous regions. Tanzania has two main rainy seasons, the short rains and long rains.
Outside of the two rainy seasons, Tanzania’s climate is often dry and hot. In February, Tanzania’s average high temperatures are in the mid-80s and lows are in the mid-60s. Highs in July reach the high-70s and lows reaching the high-50s.
The best season for travel is from June to September, when animal sightings are common.
There is a high risk of terrorism in East Africa and Westerners may face an increased threat.
Break-ins, carjackings, robberies, ATM and bank fraud, muggings and assaults are not uncommon. Robbers in passing vehicles may attempt to grab bags off of pedestrians. Travelers should carry bags loosely so as not to be dragged if someone attempts to do so.
Peaceful demonstrations can turn violent in Tanzania, try to avoid them.
Off the coast of Tanzania lies Zanzibar, or the Spice Island, a former slave Island. Travelers can wander around Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site with impressive architecture, beautiful beaches and a fascinating historical legacy.
Beyond Zanzibar, there are many smaller islands around Tanzania that offer bright blue waters and white beaches.
There are many differences between Zanzibar and the mainland. The island is almost entirely muslim and it uses it’s own system of timekeeping.
Possession and sale of drugs in Tanzania are punished severely.
It may not always be clearly marked where photography is not permitted.
Tanzania is a majority Islamic state. During the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours, avoid eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum in public.
Consensual same-sex relations are illegal in Tanzania and on Zanzibar. These relationships are punishable by prison time. LGBTI travelers may face targeting or harassment.
Travelers should exercise extreme caution while driving, taking taxis and public transportation.
In Tanzania, it is recommended to dress conservatively.
It is illegal to export animals or animal parts and to gather, collect or remove flora or fauna from marine parks.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Tanzania:
All Americans visiting Tanzania should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Tanzania, here is the information for the U.S. Embassy:
U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam
686 Old Bagamoyo Road
Msasani, Dar es Salaam
Fax: 255-22-229-4970 or 4971
Visit the Embassy to Tanzania website prior to your departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
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